With its Worcester setting and exaggerated Boston accents, the regionally filmed series “Kevin Can F*** Himself” – about a fed-up sitcom wife – is a feast (some may say folly) of regional humor.
The hero worship of Tom Brady and Boston sporting activities in normal present the lion’s (GOAT’s?) share of the fodder. A person episode kicks off on Bill Belichick Hoodie Day. Brady lookalikes are sought for an anniversary party — an ‘anniversa-rager’ — and a deflated soccer with a protruding knife is noticed. Wade Boggs’ rookie card hangs in the living space of the dwelling Allison and Kevin Roberts share on Shelton Avenue (definitely Brockton’s Nason Street), exactly where the initially rule is “Yankees suck.”
And it does not close there. The Dropkick Murphys anthem “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” is a ringtone and the “it’s not your fault” remedy session between Matt Damon and Robin Williams from the Southie-established “Good Will Hunting” is referenced.
And it does not conclude there. Sarcastic jabs at Worcester — shown to be all graffiti and triple-deckers — as an “up and coming city” abound, which include digs at visitors programs for decongesting Kelley Sq.. What’s a lot more, the Kevin in the title refers to a “biggest cockroach contest” at the Worcester Harvest Truthful … and this is all in just the initially 4 episodes made offered for preview forward of a June 20 premiere on AMC.
For a sequence that skewers (and sometimes cleverly so) the perception of the generic sitcom spouse, “Kevin Can F*** Himself ” has no challenge exploiting each Boston stereotype this aspect of the Mass. Pike. If you can get previous the heightened accents – they’re so grating — with the around-broadened vowels and the use of “irregardless,” then the present has a thing to present further than just area surroundings.
Apart from Worcester, scenes ended up shot in downtown Hingham, at Quincy’s Prevalent Current market Dining establishments, and in Brockton outdoors the Campello submit business office and the Initially Evangelical Lutheran Church on Key Avenue. The exhibit also shot in Milton, Canton and Randolph.
Published and established by Valerie Armstrong (“Lodge 49”), “Kevin Can F*** Himself” follows the tale of Allison Roberts (“Schitt’s Creek” star Annie Murphy), the prototypical set-upon “sitcom wife.” At wit’s end, she revolts towards her existence and her lovable chubby male-kid partner (“Kirsty’s” Eric Petersen, channeling Jackie Gleason) who typically plays online video game titles and beverages brews with his bros. Kevin “lives each and every working day like it is NE 3, Atlanta 28,” a reference to the Falcons’ epic collapse in Super Bowl LI.
When Allison learns Kevin lost their discounts, derailing their go to Amherst and a even bigger property with a mudroom, she’s at her breaking issue and decides to get rid of him. This is a dark comedy, and the blacker it will get, the far better it turns into. The sitcom trappings are her albatross. For instance, when Allison cuts her hand, Kevin chimes in: “It does not indicate you get to be moody. You presently employed that justification once this thirty day period.”
Episodes open up in classic sitcom design and style, normally with the similar tunes and exterior creating shot – the blue property on Nason Street in Brockton – and rote setups, brightly lit with an troublesome snicker keep track of. But when Allison actions out of all those frames, the tone shifts to a solitary digicam and results in being something (to use our vernacular) wicked and additional extraordinary. It’s like seeing “King of Queens” flip into “Breaking Undesirable.” Stylistically, there are comparisons to be designed to “WandaVision.” Like that great Marvel exhibit, “Kevin” works by using traditional sitcom stylings to take a look at the tumult in a woman’s soul.
The show’s irreverent title is a comedic jab at well-known sitcom actor Kevin James and his shorter-lived “Kevin Can Wait around” sequence, which highlighted how disposable girls of the genre are when producers offed the wife performed by Erinn Hayes to make area for Leah Remini to reunite with her “King of Queens” costar.
Ah, but it seems Allison will get the past giggle on her Kevin, as she plots the ideal murder whilst bonding with her neighbor, Patty (Mary Hollis Inboden), a sardonic Oxycontin-dealing hairdresser. Their evolving, dynamic friendship supplies the series its electricity and it’s a motive not to minimize bait. There are only 8 hourlong episodes, so hold in there.
The remaining supporting cast is an ensemble of one particular-observe figures: Alex Bonifer (“Superstore”) as Kevin’s doltish BFF Brian Howe (“Chicago Fire”) as Kevin’s father and Raymond Lee (“Here and Now”) as Allison’s ex-boyfriend, now clean up and sober eight a long time on.
Kudos to Armstrong, the series creator, for experimenting with storytelling equipment in relaying her tale of female rage and to Murphy for supplying us a flawed woman to cheer. Just, you should, no additional Deflategate jabs.
How to check out ‘Kevin Can F*** Himself’
“Kevin Can F*** Himself” premiered June 13 on AMC+ and will begin to air at 9 p.m. June 20 on AMC.
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